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Daniel Radcliffe's parents turned down his Potter role

Daniel Radcliffe's parents initially turned down his role in the Harry Potter franchise as movie bosses planned to shoot all the films in Los Angeles.

The British actor was just a child when he first tried out for the role of the boy wizard, and he has revealed his parents didn't want him to take the job if it meant moving to America.

They eventually relented and let Radcliffe audition for director Chris Columbus, who spotted the star in BBC series David Copperfield, when filming was confined to studios in England.

Radcliffe tells the Hollywood Reporter, "Chris Columbus had seen David Copperfield and said, 'I want to audition this boy.' They went to my parents, and, at the time, the deal was to sign on for, I think, six films, all to be done in L.A., and my mum and dad simply said, 'That's too much disruption to his life. That's not gonna happen.'

"I didn't know any of that had gone on. And then, maybe three, four months down the line, the deal had changed, and it was going be to shoot two films, and they'd both be done in England, and so they said, 'Okay, we'll let him audition.' And then it all went from there, really."

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